Residential Guidelines COVID-19 Residential Visitation Guidelines 3/2021

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Arc of Howard County Updated Covid-19 Information 2/26/2021

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Updated Covid-19 Information

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are constantly evaluating when we can reopen our Homewood Road facility for Day services. Like all of you, we are encouraged by the lower Covid-19 numbers. We have also worked hard to make information about the importance of the vaccine and the vaccine available to the people we support as well as to all of our staff. However, we cannot re-open our doors until we are able to ensure that the health and safety of our individuals and staff can be maintained. This includes the safety and well being of people in transport, in the community and in the building. Please know we are doing our level best to reopen, and we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to keep you updated and as always, we appreciate your understanding and support.

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Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature Main Event: February 9, 2021

This year, the Developmental Disabilities Coalition is coordinating a week of virtual advocacy and opportunities for information and connection with legislators from February 9-12.
To kick things off, we will be holding our main DD Days event on Tuesday, February 9th, from 9 to 11 AM. If you have participated in DD Day in downtown Annapolis in years past, this is your opportunity to take part online, from home in 2021. This year, the event will be FREE to attendees due to a generous grant from The Developmental Disabilities Council, and hard work/coordination from all members of the DD Coalition!
Tune in to the Live Stream on the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition Facebook page tomorrow at 9 a.m. Join the event to kick off the week and to learn about the 2021 session priorities.
All event materials, including fact sheets and advocacy tool kits (materials to use throughout the week), will be available on the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council website prior to the event.
From Tuesday to Thursday, you can also make an impact through your advocacy on social media! Each day has a theme for you to share your story with friends, family, and legislators. The themes each day are:
  • Tuesday — Community For All!
  • Wednesday — DSPs Make The Difference!
  • Thursday — Expectations Matter!
To download the latest bill tracker, visit this link. For fact sheets on Adult Changing Stations, the Direct Support Professional Workforce, Voting, and more, visit the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition website.
Additionally, information on other virtual advocacy opportunities during the week will be posted on the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council website as we get closer to the headliner event! English and Spanish Closed Captioning will be available for those who need it on February 9.
For any questions or accommodations to support your participation, please contact Luc Chausse, Director of Advocacy and Outreach at The Arc Maryland, at lchausse@thearcmd.org.
Members of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition are The Arc Maryland, Disability Rights Maryland, The Maryland Association of Community Services, The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, and People on the Go of Maryland.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall

COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall

February 4, 2021

5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

The Arc of Howard County will be holding a virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Dr. James Campbell of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, will be the presenter at the COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall. Please join us for an informative presentation and have your questions about the vaccine answered firsthand by Dr. James Campbell.
Stay informed about the COVID-19 Vaccine and its impact on the disability community, by attending this free virtual event.
Send questions in advance via email to Natalie Dohner, ndohner@archoward.org.

Zoom Information

Zoom link will be sent to participants before the COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall.
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Letter to Arc Families from Executive Director, Cindy Parr: COVID-19 Vaccine 1/21/2021

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Maryland Department of Health: Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine-Facts vs Fiction for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability

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Maryland Department of Health: Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine-Facts vs Fiction for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability

January 27, 2021

5 p.m.

People who live and work in group homes for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities have been prioritized in the highest priority group to receive the vaccine. Please register on this form.

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Residential Guidelines for COVID-19 Residential Visitation Guidelines 11/2020

At The Arc of Howard County we are continuing to update information to families and staff concerning COVID-19. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and best practices. As always our priority is keeping the people we support and our staff safe.

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Voting Information

Voting by Mail-in Ballot Instructions: 1. Mark Your Ballot, 2. Sign the Oath and 3. Postmark by Election Day

Voting Information from Delegate Jessica Feldmark (District 12-Howard County)

How to Submit a Mail-in Ballot

There are TWO ways to submit a mail-in ballot:

  1. You can return your mail-in ballot through the mail. If you do, your ballot must be postmarked by November 3, 2020.
  2. You may drop off your mail-in ballot at any ballot drop box in your county of residence 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020. For a list of ballot drop box locations in Howard County, visit this site.

Whether you return your ballot in a drop box or by mail, please be sure to sign the oath on the outside of the envelope (or if you printed an electronically delivered ballot, the oath is on a separate sheet of paper). A mail-in ballot will not be counted without a signed voter’s oath.

Voting in Person

During Early Voting

Early Voting is October 26, 2020-November 2, 2020. Early Voting Centers will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. every day. Citizens can vote at any Early Voting Center in their county of residence. For a list of Early Voting Centers in Howard County, visit this site.

On Election Day

Election Day is November 3, 2020. Election Day Voting Centers will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Citizens can vote at any Voting Center in their county of residence. For a list of Election Day Voting Centers in Howard County, visit this site.

Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities

It is absolutely critical that voting is fully accessible to people with disabilities. For a description of the accessibility options for voters with disabilities, visit this site.

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The Arc of Howard County Award Rise to the Challenge Grant!

The Arc of Howard County was awarded a Rise to the Challenge Grant from Howard County County Executive Calvin Ball

The Arc of Howard County is very excited to receive the Howard County “Rise to the Challenge” grant from Howard County Executive Calvin Ball! Thank you Howard County and congratulations to all of the other recipients – you are all amazing organizations! Together we are rising to the Challenge! Click here to see the presentations on YouTube or watch below.

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Community of Practice for Supporting Families Webinar Series

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Join the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Community of Practice for Supporting Families for its Supporting Families Webinar Series on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at noon.

This webinar series is facilitated by Mary Anne Kane-Breschi, both the parent of a young woman with multiple disabilities and the Director of Family Supports for the DDA. Utilizing the principles and tools of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework, Mary Anne, along with special guests and subject matter experts:

  • Mel Smith, Self-Advocate
  • Tracy Wright, People On The Go
  • Babette Smith, Parent and Owner of Intentional Support, LCC, and Support Broker
  • Gail Godwin, Executive Director of Shared Support Maryland, Inc.
  • Thelma Green, Project Action!
  • Samantha Davis
  • Joan Rumenap, Accessible Resources for Independence (ARI)
  • Amanda Frey

Families and individuals with disabilities will learn about person centered planning, what it is, its purpose, and their role in its development.

Click here to register.

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